City Souvenirs: Liene Bosquê and Nicole Seisler

City Souvenirs is an ongoing collaboration between artists Liene Bosquê and Nicole Seisler. Since 2009 Liene and Nicole have performed over 15 walks in New York City and Chicago. City Souvenirs has been included in three public festivals: Art In Odd Places (New York City, 2010), Chicago Artists Month (Chicago, 2010), and Out of Site (Chicago, 2012). City Souvenirs has also been performed in New York City at Grace Space Exhibitions, and exhibited in Chicago at Sullivan Galleries, Gallery X, and Op Shop Hyde Park.  Beginning in September 2012, City Souvenirs will be featured in a four-month group show of contemporary ceramics at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

For the past three years, Nicole Seisler and Liene Bosquê have blended aspects of their individual practices to create an ongoing project: City Souvenirs is a collaborative, site-responsive work that uses porcelain as a conduit for connecting people and place. Identifiable by our embroidered uniforms, hand-fabricated steel cart, and blocks of wet porcelain, we walk through neighborhoods in search of signature architectural details that visually and culturally define each place. By making direct impressions of these hallmarks in clay and inviting passersby to do the same, we build collections of objects that evidence the relationship between individuals and the urban landscape, and how the distinct elements of our environment influence the ways in which individuals operate and move through a city. The resulting impressions, much like the clay tablets of the earliest societies, become records of particular moments between people and place. Liene and Nicole completed a summer residency at ACRE this year.

Nicole Siesler’s many homes include Washington DC, Amsterdam, Boston, and currently Chicago. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nicole has exhibited her work at venues such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee; Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago; Alto Galleria, Brussels; and the Elmhurst Art Museum, IL. Nicole has been awarded the City of Boston Public Art Grant, the Fort Point Arts Community Public Art Fund, and the Maria Scholarship from ACRE. She has also spoken and presented work at the 2011 CraftForward Symposium and the 2012 California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. Nicole is currently an Instructor of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Liene Bosquê is a visual artist based in New York where she is resident at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) from September 2012 to May 2013. Recently Liene participated in NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists besides the 2012 Artist Alliance Inc.’s (AAI) LES-RSP Residency Program and in 2011 in New York Art Residency and Studios  (NARS) Foundation. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Liene was born in Brazil, where she completed her BFA at São Paulo Estate University in 2004 and a baccalaureate in Architecture from Mackenzie University in 2005. While living in Lisbon, Portugal, she received in 2007 the “Anteciparte” award and in 2008 completed and Advanced Course at Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual (Ar.Co.). Her installations, objects, site-specifics and performances works have been exhibited internationally at locations such as the Museu de História Natural in Lisbon, the Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto in Brazil, and non-profit galleries and public spaces in Brazil, Portugal, Chicago and New York.